An Apple for the holidays

AppleLogoWith the holidays almost upon us, I get a lot of people asking for computer advice. Such as what computer should I get for my house or what computer should I get for my son or daughter who starting collage soon. Everyone expects me to say Apple right away. You would be wrong. Each OS has it’s own strengths, and weaknesses. While I am a fan of Apple devices, I understand there could be reasons to use a windows device, especially for collage. IF you plan to go to school for something like marketing or advertising, a Mac is almost mandatory. While there are Windows versions of most graphics applications such as PhotoShop are available, however for any application that requires direct access to the processor, Macs simply work better. A Mac allows an application to directly access hardware.

Apples don’t need Anti-virus software* – Why the Asterix you ask. Well as with anything there is a caveat. An Apple doesn’t require Anti-virus software as long as you are careful and not just download anything and install it from potentially nefarious websites. Now the fact that Windows requires an Anti-virus application, but if you look at it a little differently, the anti-virus software acts like  a virus in itself.  Think about the hallmarks of a virus, whenever it is running, your computer runs slower. In addition every year most anti-virus companies expect you to pay a yearly fee to upgrade the application.

Apples can run Windows, whether it is using bootcamp, where you boot your Mac directly into Windows, or use an application such as parallels to run OSX and Windows simultaneously. However there is no way to boot to OSX from a Windows device.

The Mac can also read Windows formatted documents or drives. The Mac version gives you an advantage over the the Microsoft Fat32 format. Fat32 has a 4GB file size limit. While for the most part it shouldn’t be a big deal unless you are dealing with video in which the 4Gb limit will be tested.

One other thing the Macintosh does better than a Windows machine is application management. What I mean by that is, when you want to get rid of an application in windows you have to open the control panel, go to Add/Remove programs, find the program and uninstall. With a Mac, all you have to do is drag the application to the trash can.

Even though I initially set out to make this article about each operating system has its own strengths, I ended up making it about why a Mac is better. I really tried to be objective, unfortunately that was going to happen.

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